Plant Wisdom talks with LearnYourLand.com

In the woods with Adam Haritan

A deep dive into the eastern woods

Plant Wisdom talks with Adam Haritan of LearnYourLand.com

You can click here to see Adam’s growing library of videos.

My hope: That people all over the world see these videos and some are inspired create ones of similar quality and depth.

If you’re an Eastern Woodlands person, they will amplify your love and appreciation of where … Read more

Nettle

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– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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“The Ingenious Botanist in the Mountains of Tajikistan”

A mediation on human dignity.

A short documentary on the daily life of a botanist in the mountains of Tajikistan.

Not a whole lot of specific plant information, but insight into the soul of a plant lover and a look at the rich plant life in an environment you don’t expect to find much.

It’s also a portrait and reminder of what human life is like away from our overdone … Read more

The Incredible Neem Tree

Ken McCarthy interviews Klaus Ferlow, master herbalist and leading North American advocate of sturdy, fast-growing, versatile Neem tree.

Called “arista” in Sanskrit, it means “perfect, complete, imperishable.” It’s also known in India as the “village pharmacy.”

The neem tree grows rapidly, even under challenging desert conditions, anywhere where there is no frost.

The leaves, flower, twigs, bark, roots, oil, and oil cake are all useful.

Uses include: non-toxic pesticide, … Read more

Warning: Essential oils are NOT risk-free

A while back, I wrote about the “commercially inspired over-enthusiasm” for essential oils.

In response, I received a flood of vociferous hate mail.

Hate mail to PlantWisdom.org? Yup. That’s part of the word we live in.

Unfortunately, most of what appears online and elsewhere about essential oils comes from people who manufacture and sell them.

That said if you dig even a little – Google: “essential oil dangers” – you’ll … Read more

Discovering a sacred tradition

Eliot Cowan, author of “Plant Spirit Medicine”, shares the story of how he discovered his calling to become a medicine person in the Huichol shamanic tradition.

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– Ken McCarthy
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High tech air purification with houseplants

In the 1980s, NASA spent millions of dollars on how to deal with unhealthy indoor environments.

They were interested in the big challenge of purifying air on space stations and long space flights.

Here’s what they came up with…

Houseplants.

The simplest plant to take care of:

Sansevieria laurentii, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” and “snake plant.”

The original NASA paper is here:

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf

The specs

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A great cause – Restoring local grain production in America

This is one of the most fascinating and promising local sustainable food projects I’ve ever seen. Please help take it to the next level.

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– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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African Rice in the Hudson Valley: A local food project of great cultural and historical importance

Click here to learn how to support this worthy project

Ever Growing Family Farm is engaged in a radically innovative act…

They’re successfully growing rice in the Hudson Valley of New York on otherwise marginal land using traditional methods perfected over centuries by farmers from the Senegambia region of West Africa.

After two successful harvests, it’s time for them to get their own rice milling equipment.

They’re halfway there. Let’s … Read more

Foraging & Feasting with Dina Falconi


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The ideal introduction to plants, herbs and “weeds” would be to have a grandmother (or grandfather) take us by the hand through the fields and woods from an early age.

In these “modern” times, few of us have that experience. Our guest on this installment of PlantWisdom.org, Dina Falcone, certainly didn’t.

Dina grew up in New York City’s East Village in the 1970s, an urban … Read more